DL Enrollment

Students learn best when their education is tailored to their interests, abilities and needs. We offer flexible approaches, supporting your educational philosophy while meeting the BC Ministry of Education’s curricular requirements. This flexibility allows families the freedom to truly personalize learning for each child through the use of a broad variety of curriculum resources as well as online course options. Our teachers are trained to identify and respect many different ways of educating at home.

Individualized

This approach allows families the freedom to pursue their learning goals while meeting the Provincial Curriculum Competencies through a variety of methods.

With our approach it is possible to meet the Provincial Curriculum Competencies of various grades within the same school year. Our teachers are trained to identify and respect many different ways of meeting Provincial Curriculum Competencies. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.


How it all Works

1. The Student Learning Plan

Your teacher will begin the year by collaborating with you to design a Student Learning Plan (SLP). SLPs are personalized education plans designed to both reflect a student’s unique learning style and interests and meet the Ministry of Education's curricular competencies. Your teacher will work with you by offering ideas, suggesting resources, and writing the final version of the SLP.

2. Communication

Our teachers stay in weekly contact with their families through a variety of methods including: email, phone calls, skype, zoom, Facebook, and texting. Regular communication builds relationships, and allows the teacher to recommend relevant and interesting learning activities. Regular communication is not designed to be a weekly “ confessional” rather a weekly celebration of what your children are learning. Our teachers work to support, encourage and enable education at home.

3. Assessment

In Grades K-9, student assessment is primarily based on weekly reports, ongoing communication and the submission of one portfolios each term. We recognize that students learn continually – not just when they’re using a curriculum. Keeping that in mind, we encourage families to share with their teacher the range of experiences that their children engage in during the week. We want to hear about the informal learning that occurs as well as the more formal learning. Teachers use that information to guide and assess student learning. You may be surprised by how much your child is learning by baking with you, exploring the back yard, and going on family trips. We welcome parental comments about the student’s samples and progress and we ask that students take part in self-reflection of their learning.

In the Grad Program, assessment is primarily based on regular work submissions and communication with the course specialist teacher. The majority of the Grad Program Individualized courses have an online portal in Moodle where students can upload their work and parents can easily access their child’s progress and the teacher’s feedback on an ongoing basis. Report cards are completed four times per year.

Common Questions

The Student Learning Plan is designed according to the interests and learning needs of the student. Each SLP will be unique and will reflect the family's preferred method of learning. As a parent, you are in charge of supporting your child's learning by providing a suitable environment, offering educational resources to support the SLP, and communicating with your teacher in order to provide information for assessment. Our teachers are in charge of overseeing your child's education, supporting your child as they work towards the goals in the SLP and assessing your child's progress. Thus, the teacher, student, and parent work together as a team to help each student achieve his or her goals.

We recognize parents as primary participants in the education of their children.

In the Individualized approach your role is to collaborate with your child and teacher to design a unique Student Learning Plan and work with your teacher to assist your child in accomplishing the SLP.

At the Grade K-9 level, parents are responsible for submitting their child's portfolio and communicating regularly with their teacher.

At the Grad Program level, parents are responsible to oversee the student’s pace and scheduling to ensure course completion and to check with their child regularly to ensure that they are understanding the instructions and the material. Any issues are communicated to the course support teacher.

In the Individualized approach, the teacher's primary role is to guide, support and account for learning. They offer advice and encouragement, oversee the assessment process and work together with the parent and student to ensure the Provincial Curriculum Competencies are covered.

Our teachers are responsible for assessing your child.

In the Grades K-9 Individualized approach, we ask students to submit a rich portfolio of work three times per year. We also keep in contact with our families on a weekly basis. These online conversations are very important to our assessment process and help us to learn more about your child's actual progress.

In the Grad Program, the student becomes more responsible for communicating regularly with their course support teacher and providing them with weekly or bi-weekly updates and work submissions. Through these conversations and the evidence of learning that is submitted, we can track your child's progress through the Provincial Learning Outcomes.

Yes! You're free to use your favourite Christian curriculum.

Yes, you are free to choose curriculum in consultation with your Support Teacher who will help ensure what you are choosing meets the Learning Outcomes your student wishes to cover. We also have a curriculum consultant who is available to assist and advise you regarding available resources.

Heritage Christian Online School provides its families with a generous curriculum budget. We've arranged with a number of suppliers and vendors to provide for the curriculum needs of families. Resources can be purchased using student PO#s. The result is that parents are now able to receive their curriculum without having to incur personal expenses. All students receive a purchase order number, or PO Number, that is used for resource purchases. (A full list of vendors can be found here) All curriculum purchasing must be completed before May 15th of that same school year.

For K - 9, curriculum budgets are affected by the enrollment date.

  • Students enrolling before Sept. 30th receive the full budget amount.
  • Students enrolling between Sept. 30th and February 12th receive 50% of the full budget amount.
  • Students enrolling between February 13th and May 6th receive 25% of the full budget amount.

Grade 10 – 12 students receive funding for their Individualized courses on a per-course basis and the amount your student has available can be found in their account in Encom (our online student management system).

Yes! HCOS is set up to be flexible: we want to meet your child's learning needs.

We offer online courses from Grades 5 - 12 and you're welcome to choose any number of our online courses for your child. We encourage students in Grades 5-7, however, to limit their number of online courses. At the Grad Program level, students can also combine Online and Individualized course delivery options, each with a variety of pacing options.

Online

We offer students a diverse selection of courses from grades 5 to 12, taught by HCOS teachers who are passionate about their subjects and their students. Our online curriculum is written from a Christian worldview, based on the school’s Biblical Attributes, and meets all course requirements outlined by the BC Ministry of Education. Our courses are engaging for students and include a wide variety of different learning opportunities; video, labs, projects, exploratory activities, interactives etc.


How it all Works

1. The Student Learning Plan

When you choose the online approach, there is no need for a unique SLP. Our Online courses are designed to fully cover the Provincial Curriculum Competencies for their respective subject areas and the course specific scope and sequence provides a complete outline of what to expect.

2. Communication

Our teachers use a variety of technologies to make themselves available to support your child as they work through their courses. Both Skype and Zoom are common tools used. You are encouraged to have a webcam as face to face conversation is invaluable in any learning environment.

Email is also a very important tool! It is one of the main forms of contact our teachers will use to contact your students and you as parents. Please check your email frequently!

Feedback is given though the course learning management system, Moodle. Teachers leave comments and suggestions on student work through the hand in boxes in each course. Occasionally assignments will be emailed back and forth or submitted using another platform.

3. Assessment

With our online courses there is no need to submit portfolio work samples. Students will submit assignments, complete quizzes, and interact with other students in Moodle, our online course platform. Parents are encouraged to regularly log into their child’s online course account to monitor their progress and grades, both of which are easily accessible 24/7.

Encom also has an Online Course Pacing report that you can log into, through your parent account, to see each of your students’ progress in each of the different online courses they are working through.

Common Questions

Our courses will work with the following:

Operating systems:

  • Windows
  • Mac OSX
  • Chrome OS
  • Linux

Web Browsers:

Office Suites:

Many courses will also require a printer, and a digital camera, or scanner.

Our tech support is experienced with all the technologies mentioned above, and can offer help in these areas.


*Lower versions of Internet Explorer or Safari should work with most courses, but may provide a less than optimal experience. We recommend using Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.

**Note that most teachers will not be able to open .pages files. Please save in Microsoft Office compatible formats (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx) or as a PDF.

We recognize parents as integral to the education of their children.

If your child is enrolled as an online learner, it is your role to ensure that they are actively engaged in their studies, that they have access to an internet connected computer, and that they are communicating regularly with their teacher. As the parent, we recommend that you regularly check in with your student and have them show you their course pacing guide, located within their courses. You have an open door to communicate directly with any one of the course teachers at any time.

As students move from grade level to grade level, the person of contact changes:

  • Elementary Level (Grades 5 and 6) - Teachers communicate to both parents and students.
  • Middle School (Grades 7, 8, and 9) - Teachers communicate to students first, and parents when necessary or if parents have asked to be included in conversations.
  • High School (10, 11 and 12) - Teachers communicate directly to students and will loop parents in when required.

Our teachers are responsible for assessing your child.

In the online approach, your child will receive a course by course assessment based upon the assignments, tests, projects and other work submitted to their online teacher. On some occasions, a supervised test will be required and often a parent’s supervision is necessary.

There is no out-of-pocket tuition charge for online courses.

In grades 5 through 9, if you are enrolled in an online course, a course fee is deducted from your curriculum budget to cover the resources required to supply the course. When you select your courses in Encom, the course fee is listed.

In grades 10 through 12, if you enroll in an online course, no additional resources are given to your curriculum budget. Please see the Grad Program Funding page for more explanation.

If your child is registered with another school, and you wish to cross-enroll them in any of our online courses, please see bconlineschool.ca

Yes! HCOS is set up to be flexible, we want to meet your child's learning needs which means an unique set up for each student. This can be all online, all individualized or a combination of both individualized and online courses.

We offer online courses from Grades 5 - 12 and you're welcome to choose any number of our online courses for your child. We encourage students starting in Grade 5 to explore at least one online course, and increase in number as the years progress. Having familiarity with online courses prior to the Grad Program is an asset for students.

Required Courses

The following courses are required for each grade level:

  • Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Fine Arts*
  • P.E. and Health
  • Career Education
  • ADST (Applied Design Skills and Technologies)
  • Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Fine Arts*
  • P.E. and Health
  • Career Education
  • Second Language
  • ADST (Applied Design Skills and Technologies)
  • Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Fine Arts*
  • P.E. and Health
  • Career Education
  • Second Language
  • ADST (Applied Design Skills and Technologies)
  • Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Fine Arts*
  • ADST** (Applied Design Skills and Technologies)
  • P.E. and Health
  • Career Education

DPA – Daily Physical Activity is required for ALL K-9 students province-wide in BC. Students are to be active for 30 minutes every day.  This has been rolled into PE and does not need to be reported seperately.
* Fine Arts – can be one of Visual Arts, Music, Drama or Dance.
** ADST (Applied Design Skills and Technologies) – At the Grad level, we have BAA - Provincial Curriculum Competencies that cover courses such as foods or computers. For K-9, we have online course modules that we offer which can help to cover ADST. Participation in an online course can count towards an ADST module.

Please contact us if you have any further inquiries: 1-877-862-2375 or 862-2376 if calling from the Kelowna area or email us at info@onlineschool.ca.

To enroll with us, please visit our online Distributed Learning Enrollment Form.